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03-26-2012, 07:09 AM
Job Description

Job Title:

Museum Preparator #13652

Job ID:


Main Campus-Berkeley

Full/Part Time:




PA Hearst Mus of Anthropology


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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 30, 2012

Departmental Overview

The Museum was founded in 1901 by Phoebe Apperson Hearst, a visionary who saw the Hearst as the cultural cornerstone of one of the worldís leading research institutions.

Today, the Hearst Museum houses the oldest and largest anthropological collection in the Western U.S., preserving and interpreting a global record of material culture as represented by more than 3.8 million cataloged objects. The Museum aims to promote the history and diversity of human cultures through research, education, exhibitions and public programs.

The Phoebe Hearst Museum has received funds to relocate a substantial portion of its ethnographic and archaeological collections from campus to its off-site storage facility in Richmond. The Preparatorís role is critical in selecting, packing, unpacking and shelving objects in their new location at the museumís off-site storage facility. Working with the Project Assistant, Senior Preparator and permanent museum staff, the incumbent will help organize and prepare collections in anticipation of the move, assist in the physical move as needed and in reshelving the objects in their new location.


Object Packing & Location Tracking
Select, evaluate, pack & stabilize objects for travel; based on knowledge & training determine safest, most efficient method to pack and palletize a variety of objects made of both organic and inorganic materials; may assist in the fabrication of travel and/or storage mounts; load boxed objects onto pallets paying careful attention to weight, fragility and size of each object; shrink-wrap packed pallets; label all packed boxes and generate pallet lists; assist in the design of and help build safe travel systems for bulky/oversized objects. Once in new location unpack and shelve objects into predetermined storage locations & track new location.

Administrative Duties
Assist Project Manager in labeling packed objects & pallets and in tracking all location changes.

Working with other project staff, organize and maintain packing and staging areas for move; regularly clean and remove trash from work areas; monitor use of supplies and notify project manager of needs.

Required Qualifications

- Patience and attention to detail
- Ability to follow both written and verbal instructions
- Ability to be punctual and dependable
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
- Manual dexterity/ability to carefully carry and handle museum objects
- Ability to safely climb and descend stairs carrying museum objects
- Ability to climb and descend a step ladder to safely retrieve or place objects in storage units
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
- Must be able and willing to drive the museumís van

Preferred Qualifications

- Previous museum collections handling experience, preferably in an ethnographic or archaeological museum
- Ability to assess artifact condition and determine the best approach for handling fragile objects

Salary & Benefits

Monthly: $2273 -$2331
Annual: $27,276 - $27,972

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This is a full-time 18-month position which is not subject to career conversion under Article 31, Positions/Appointments in the UC-UPTE Agreement, Section 3c.

Criminal Background Check

This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.